At Booster, we believe that when schools are strengthened, communities thrive. And of all the groups of people who help strengthen schools, perhaps the most unrecognized are parent volunteers.
So we created an award to honor these “unsung heroes” who strengthen our schools behind the scenes—the Volly Awards! From September 2019 to April 2020, we’re collecting nominations at VollyAwards.com from across the country and selecting a winner every month.
Each monthly winner will receive a $150 Amazon Gift Card and 50 custom shirts (courtesy of Booster Spirit Wear) for any event at their school as a thank you for their invaluable support of their school’s students, faculty, staff, and community.
Our September Volly Award Winner is….
We’re thrilled to announce that our Volly Award recipient for the month of September is Allison Daly! Allison is an incredibly dedicated parent volunteer at St. Joseph the Worker School in Winnetka, California.
“She is a one-stop shop, and I don’t know how she finds the time to do it all,” said Linda Tran, her friend and co-fundraising chair. Here are just a few examples of how Allison goes above and beyond for her school community.
“She is a one-stop shop, and I don’t know how she finds the time to do it all.”
To start, Allison serves on her school’s PTA board as the Fundraising Chair. As the fundraising chair, she researched and brought a Boosterthon program to her school, which she now coordinates.
Additionally, Allison handles all the purchasing (food, equipment, etc.) for her school’s yearly carnival by herself. Allison and Linda also plan their school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance, which Allison started and has now become a tradition.
According to Linda, Allison also coaches and runs the swim team at St. Joseph. In this role, she’s responsible for booking the pool times, hiring a coach, arranging swim suit fittings, ordering spirit wear for students and parents, organizing all meet entry forms and fees, and finding donors. She handles all of these duties by herself, with no assistance.
Oh, and did we mention that Allison serves in all these ways on top of being a mom and working a full-time job Monday through Friday—a job which requires a 2-hour commute each way? If you’re suddenly feeling an urge to give a standing ovation, you’re not alone.
“So many people say they don't have the time to volunteer, but this amazing mom finds the time to not just volunteer in one way but many,” said Linda.
We hope you’ve been inspired by Allison’s story as much as we have. As you can see, she is more than deserving of our first Volly Award of the year. From all of us at Booster, thank you, Allison, for your selfless service and dedication to your school community!